Handheld, or “pico”, projectors are becoming an ever more established alternative to the full-sized projectors that populate conference rooms.

Pico projectors are bridging the gap between home and business users. The 3M MPro150 Pocket Projector is a good example. Launched this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 160g projector has a similar feel to a large remote control or a traditional phone handset. It comes with its own speakers as well as a leatherette pouch for easy transportation.

The projector uses liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) technology, with an LED light source. It throws out 15 lumens, which may only be a fraction of the 2000 lumens or more which more full-size projectors produce, but it is sufficient to project a full-size display in a dark room or a small desktop-size image in a lighted room.

Pico projectors may not yet be ready to replace desktop projectors, or even larger portable projectors, but they are useful for consumers or small businesses who want to share with other people the content they carry with them on phones, cameras and laptop computers.